What we’ve learned so far in the Trump hush money trial and what to watch for as it wraps up

Jurors over the course of a month have heard testimony about sex and bookkeeping, tabloid journalism and presidential politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Testimony in the hush money trial of Donald Trump is set to conclude in the coming days, putting the landmark case on track for jury deliberations that will determine whether it ends in a mistrial, an acquittal — or the first-ever felony conviction of a former American president.

Jurors over the course of a month have heard testimony about sex and bookkeeping, tabloid journalism and presidential politics. Their task ahead will be to decide whether prosecutors who have charged Trump with 34 counts of falsifying business records have proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Here’s a look at what the two sides have argued, who has been missing from the case, what to listen for in the final days and what prosecutors will have to prove to secure a conviction.


Through witnesses including a porn actor, a veteran tabloid publisher and longtime Trump aides, the prosecution aimed to link the presumptive Republican nominee for the White House this year to a hush money scheme during the 2016 presidential campaign that resulted in the filing of phony business records to mask the alleged conspiracy.

Jurors heard testimony that two women and a doorman were paid tens of thousands of dollars to keep quiet during that campaign about stories that, had they emerged, could have embarrassed Trump. Jurors heard claims of sex, saw copies of texts, emails and checks and listened to a secret recording in which Trump and his then-lawyer can be heard discussing a plan to buy the silence of a Playboy model.

One witness, David Pecker, the former publisher of the National Enquirer and a longtime Trump friend, testified that he had agreed to be the “eyes and ears” of the Trump campaign by alerting it to any negative stories about him.

Actor Stormy Daniels told jurors, in occasionally graphic terms, about a sexual encounter she says she had with Trump in 2006; he denies the whole thing. She described being offered $130,000 by Trump’s then-lawyer and personal fixer, Michael Cohen, to remain silent after she said she was looking for ways to sell the story and get it out there.

Associated Press


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 19, 2024 at 10:09 am

    No matter how well deserved one might be, I just don’t see a “guilty” verdict coming from this endeavor.

    The key witness against Trump is, as a guy from Trump’s circle, every bit as skeezy as Trump. Nobody can believe a word Cohen says even if he somehow is not lying.

  • My Take

    May 19, 2024 at 10:16 am

    Guilty as sin.
    But it may be an OJ ending.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 19, 2024 at 10:37 am

      Probably so but Trump’s official OJ ending at least won’t be as many years off as OJ’s recent ending was.

      Which is a Fine reason not to give elderlies so much power. IF they get busted for nonsense, they can legaleze it till they croak and never pay any price beyond attorneys fees but it seems they can just con folks into paying their attorney fees, resulting in them paying zero price themselves for anything untoward they might have got up to.

      Presidents have to be at least 35 years old to avoid the ignorance of youth. How about a max age of 65 years old for any candidate going into a first term so as to avoid the now-obvious immunity of very old age?

      Also how about a max length for any state of Presidential Candidacy? Max length one year? That way we wouldn’t have folks proclaiming 3 years of candidacy as a cloak of defense against prosecution of misdeeds in any one-term Presidencies to come which are so bad and so corrupt the voters chose not to re-elect?

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 19, 2024 at 10:59 am

        Actually rather than max age of 65, index the max age going into a first term based on social security eligibility age.

        That way some party wants to run an 80 year old, first they gotta increase social security age to 80, and as long as that would take to accomplish, the 80 year old candidate would be expired by the time the SS age could be changed to 80.

        Also if a human’s age becomes unimportant due to some scientific method invented that predicts remaining years, then if social security revamps to key off that calculation versus plain dumb age, so would the President max “age” requirement. Rather than saying you could only be 67 years old, we could say you “you require 25 years of life with a correctly functioning brain” going into a first term.

    • Tom

      May 19, 2024 at 11:55 am

      So if the condom doesn’t fit, you must acquit 🙂 The OJ ending was revenge for Rodney King. In trump’s case, I’d assume people would want revenge against him rather than for him but who knows, it only takes one juror. He’s bound to use up his nine lives eventually though and maybe this is the week.

      • rick whitaker

        May 19, 2024 at 6:03 pm

        TOM , do they make condoms that small shaped that funny?

  • Elvis Pitts "AMERICA'S BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

    May 19, 2024 at 10:40 am

    The Elvis Pitts American’s Sage Political Science [POLY SCI] Division interupts this “Dook 4 Brains Leftist A. P. Artical of Lies” to “Weigh In” with “Sage Sphincter Relaxing Wisdom” so ………………….STAND BY FOR REAL NEWS:
    America, this stupid lawfare ahainst Trump is just another example of how stupid every “DOOK 4 BRAINS LEFTIST” American really is. The lawfare against Trump is actually HELPING Trump. This is evidenced by the Huge Numbers of Patriot Black Americans, both male & female, invl attendance and showing Their Sage Support for Trump at The recent Trump Wildwood, NJ Trump rally. *you have to either have been there or seen the true footage on FOX because the Dook 4 Brains Lefty news outlets editited the Blacks out*
    The Elvis Pitts American’s Sage Political Science [POLY SCI] Division now returns you to your regularly scheduled Sunday Morn ‘Ting activities.
    Elvis Pitts American

    • rick whitaker

      May 19, 2024 at 6:04 pm


  • Ocean Joe

    May 19, 2024 at 11:29 am

    The defendant is also the first candidate for president in decades to refuse to release his tax returns. He is a scumbag deluxe. The trial won’t matter, evangelical voters love a good whoremonger. The rednecks are all jealous they don’t have that kind of money to burn and there aren’t any doormen at the trailer park to bribe anyway.

    Trump will pick up a few votes based on his chutzpah.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 19, 2024 at 1:14 pm

      The irony of this trial is that Trump allegedly broke the law trying to deceive his voters because he does not really know his voters despite his constants claims of knowing them and being just like them blah blah blah

      If only he knew his voters were as skeezy as him, there would be no trial going on right now.

      • Ocean Joe

        May 20, 2024 at 4:44 am

        The major irony is that he should be on trial for his Jan 6 treason and potentially led to the scaffolds for it.

        Here, as usual, his first line of defense is what he always says when he’s caught: “I dont even know that person,” which led to all the gory details being admissible to prove otherwise.

  • The devil

    May 19, 2024 at 12:36 pm

    Allow me to give you the Catholic
    Mens wife version of
    Todays AP regurgitation:

    Now the works of the flesh are obvious:
    immorality, impurity, lust, idolatry,
    sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy,
    outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness,
    dissensions, factions, occasions of envy,
    drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.
    I warn you, as I warned you before,
    that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
    In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
    patience, kindness, generosity,
    faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
    Against such there is no law.

    • rick whitaker

      May 20, 2024 at 5:09 pm

      THE DEVIL , f the catholic men’s version of anything. religion is bad.

  • My Take

    May 19, 2024 at 12:51 pm

    Cohen has been a liar, sure.
    But Trump is a notorious liar.
    Trump’s denials have to be highly suspect.
    One hopes Stormy convinced the jury that Trump lied about not “having” her.
    Then they can extrapolate to his other denials.
    This may counter in their minds the uncertainty in Cohen’s testimony.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 19, 2024 at 1:16 pm

      The judicial outcome of Trump’s trial hinges on all twelve jurors taking Cohen’s lying to have been done as duty for Trump and that Trump is the liar. Not sure they’ll gonna get all twelve jurors across that finish line, but maybe? It could happen, I reckon.

  • Lakeland Man

    May 19, 2024 at 1:22 pm

    Don’t care- don’t care at all. Still voting Trump: best President since Reagan, and our only hope to beat back the insane Left.

    • Ocean Joe

      May 20, 2024 at 4:50 am

      Biggest deficits since Reagan too. Of course as Dick Cheney said, ‘deficits dont matter’ and then went on to help W Bush run the country into a huge financial ditch which you choose not to remember.

      Trump will be useful for a few things: if anybody is willing to stop Iran from getting nukes it will be him. Iran is about more than Israel, it’s a threat to the oil producers nearby who supply most of our western allies. Then again, Trump intends to abandon our western allies anyway.

      • Ocean Joe

        May 20, 2024 at 4:52 am

        And you’re right, nobody cares about Trump’s sexual escapades or his machinations to pay for them.

    • rick whitaker

      May 20, 2024 at 5:06 pm

      LAKELAND MAN , i’ve read 2 of your posts. both were full of hate fear and stupidity. BTW, raygun is only 2nd to trump as being the worst 2 us presidents ever. just how full of fear, hate, and stuoidity are you? your love for raygun is a mental illness. PLEASE don’t ever leave lakeland.

  • JD

    May 19, 2024 at 1:50 pm

    I don’t think the prosecution would have rested on a Cohen ending without thinking they had a strong sway with the jury.

    They’re not, after all, the US GOP House representatives trying to impeach Biden without evidence. They’ll nail him with this to the wall. I don’t think the SCOTUS or a Federal Judges granting Trump legal favors is going to ride to his savior.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 22, 2024 at 5:40 pm

      I hope you’re right!

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